MF looks ahead to Spurs vs Fulham

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White Hart Lane - Tottenham Hotspur Football News

And so here we are. Only Martin Jol stands between us and a Moneybags League spot. Given pasta events, oh the irony and what are the chances? If we beat Fulham, the worst we can finish is fourth. I suspect there’s no point in worrying about what goes down elsewhere, the Hawthorns in particular, we blew our chances of third long ago. Bayern Munich may also have a say in our destiny of course, but given that the top four was our goal at the start of the season it would seem churlish, should we achieve it and Chelsea triumph in Munich, to appoint blame for our non-qualification any closer than the penalty taking left boot of Lionel Messi.

Harry has endured much criticism of his tactical nous in the last few months, how he deals with the absence of a recognised left back on Sunday might well be seen as something of an acid test no matter how things turn out. What are the options? Three (Kaboul, Gallas and Nelsen) at the back? Bale or Gallas at left back? Or how about Townsend? He must be available now that Birmingham are out of the Championship play-offs. It’s a tough call. Moving Bale back to his original position, and the one that Barcelona apparently see him playing in if you believe what you hear, is the only one of those alternatives that satisfies the first half of ‘tried and tested’, a judgment on the second part remains to be made.

I suspect Harry will be very tempted by the idea of Nelsen and Gallas playing, two leaders with plenty of experience. Moving the Frenchman over to the left is probably favourite but if that’s what happens then Bale must be told to stick to his flank more than he normally does, as Gallas will need the protection.

Elsewhere, the midfield and forwards are likely to be the same as at Villa Park though it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Sandro replaced by Parker despite the former’s late season surge.

Fulham bring to White Hart Lane a team in form who have already clocked up their best ever Premier League points haul. In Dempsey, Frei and Dembele they have flair and in Murphy, Riise, Diarra and Duff, plenty of know-how. And at the top, in Martin Jol of course they have a man who knows what it’s like to be in Harry’s shoes. The irony of the situation is extraordinary and inescapable.

Jol won’t be the only big man present at WHL, Phil Dowd has been appointed to officiate.

We should expect nothing other than Fulham to be at their best and to try their hardest, anything else is a dereliction of duty. We’ve handicaps to overcome, injuries, suspension and fatigue for a start, but this is it, our 53rd and final game of the season and those factors need to be discounted before they become easy excuses. We came into the season with nothing. Some like Chris Foy and Martin Atkinson have given us nothing. Others, now’s not the time to mention names, have contributed nothing, but there are those who’ve been heroes all season and if we’re not to leave with nothing then the big names in our side need to come to the fore and be counted upon to do what’s required on Sunday afternoon. It’s Spurs so there’s as likely to be agony before there’s any ecstasy.

As many early goals as you like please chaps. COYS.

By MF

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  1. Agreed with your comments particularly about third place, the door has been open so many times etc . It has been a long season but if the team can't raise themselves for this last game then they don't deserve fourth spot. Fulham ARE in form but the missing point is the quality of their away form. They have the worst away record of any side in the top ten and by far the worst away goal difference.

    As far as left back is concerned I would expect him to go with Nelson or Gallas as Bale would give a negative signal at home with maybe a gut busting 45mins each from Parker and Sandro or both on if ahead at half time.

    I've got that horrible feeling that the old twist and turns cliche is still to come.

    CPH

  2. Corluka would be handy now…put Walker on the left and slip the croat in… It depends if Harry wants to go all out… On past experiences he will probably chose not to play Bale as and attacking wing-back in the 3-5-2 formation and will just put him and Walker as fullbacks and keep it to a 4-4-2. Wouldn't be surprised if he plays Defoe and Ade upfront, last game of the season, Defoe's last chance to impress Roy, it's written in the stars!!!

  3. Surely Harry has to go all out. Newcastle at Goodison looks difficult, but you've got to expect the Arse to turn over the baggies and all the time Chelski hover in the background.

    Any attempt to play safe is doomed, if we don't make it (because other events out of our hands) then at the very least we've got to go down fighting.

    Agree with Defoe up front, something to prove to everyone particularly with Euro selection coming. CPH

    • Chelsea aren't hovering anywhere numb nuts! They cannot finish any higher or lower than 6th since they got battered 4-1 by Liverpool on Tuesday. Try to keep up son

      • champions league final dip stick and fourth place. It's not me that needs to keep up. We needed third place follow? CPH

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